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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 25, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---The 11th convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) held last week in Nairobi, Kenya has approved to further protect two parrot species endemic to New Caledonia, Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The two species, which are now protected from international trade, are found on Ouvéa Island (Loyalty group, north-east of the mainland) and in New Caledonia's mountainous center chain.

They are known to scientists respectively as Eunymphicus Cornutus Uveaensis and Eunymphicus Cornutus Cornutus.

"This is an immense victory for New Caledonia," said New Caledonia's Wildlife Protection Association President Jean-Louis d'Auzon.

The CITES conference decision follows a request from the French territory's Agriculture and Forestry department.

The two species were formerly classified under CITES schedule 2 as a potentially endangered species, which requires a permit prior to export.

They have now been graded under schedule 1, which bans the trade altogether.

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